Uasin Gishu county residents today woke up to shocking news about the members of the Mandago led administration who have been working day and night embezzling funds from the county.
The four, three men and a woman, were recently summoned to Nairobi by the governor to explain the status of the supplementary budget they had requested from Treasury amounting to Ksh 500 million, after the press reported the high level of corruption going on in the county.
According to county records, the four are part of the top finance management team in the administration who are named below:
- Mr. Shadrack Sambai – CEC Finance and Economic Planning, who is a Finance and Planning graduate of Kenyatta University.
- Mr. Peter Kipruto Chesos – Chief Officer (Finance)
- Hon. Jonathan K. Ngetich – Chairperson County Budgets and Appropriation Committee
- Ms. Millicent Okonjo – Chief Officer (Planning and Budgeting), who holds an MBA from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa.
The committee met these senior officials from Uasin Gishu County and the Auditor General’s office and faulted the county for paying suppliers long before goods or services were delivered.
It cited a Sh40.9 million case where the county government paid vehicle dealers for the supply of six vehicles. The vehicles were delivered three months later.
Governor Mandago has since distanced himself from the four, saying this is tainting his image in the eyes of the electorate.
“All county officers in Uasin Gishu must be accountable over corruption issues,” Mandago said during an interview with NTV on the show Sidebar, hosted by NTV news anchor Larry Madowo and NTV Business editor Wallace Kantai.
The County Assembly, the committee heard, went ahead to procure insurance covers for the vehicles worth Sh 2 million from Amaco Insurance Company without going through competitive bidding.
Mr Shadrack Sambai, who is also vying for MP seat in the county, and County Assembly clerk Richard Chepkonga, were hard pressed to explain why payment was made to the insurance firm 90 days before the vehicles were supplied.